Wolves play host to Olympiacos in the 2nd leg of the Europa League Round of 16 this Friday. We preview the ins and outs that saw both teams get to this stage in the competition.
Who is playing?
Wolves vs Olympiacos (1-1 agg.)
What competition is it?
Europa League, Round of 16 2nd leg
What time is Wolves vs Olympiacos?
20:00 GMT, Thursday 6th August 2020
Where do Wolves play their home games?
Molineaux, Wolverhampton, England
Where can I watch this game?
Thoughts on Wolves vs Olympiacos
Wolves have managed a ridiculous rise through the English football pyramid in recent years, going from the 2nd division to European football in just three years. In the Europa League this season, Wolves have played nine games, winning five, drawing two and losing two. Olympiacos travel to Wolverhampton off the back of a very impressive last-minute win against another English side, Arsenal. After their exit from the Champions League, this season has seen them dominate teams in the Europa League.
In the 1st leg, the sides battled it out in Greece for a 1-1 draw. El Arabi struck first for Olympiacos before Portuguese hotshot Pedro Neto equalized for the visitors. The second leg looks to be an entertaining match-up as both teams will look to qualify for the quarter-finals. One goal could be all it takes for one of these sides to advance.
Former Championship side to win a European Championship?
Domestically this season, Wolves have had yet another good season finishing in 7th place and clinching European football once more next season. In the Europa League, Wolves have scored 18 goals this campaign, giving them average goals scored per game of 2.0. Their home record this season has seen them pick up on average 1.63 points per game, giving them a home advantage of +6%.
On average, Wolves conceded one goal per game which is good considering they average 2 goals per game, allowing them to outscore opponents in this competition. Their record in the Europa league over the past 5 games have seen them win two games, draw two and lost just once. With players such as Raul Jimenez and Adama Traore, Wolves have been able to use their forwards to win games on their own. This is the make-up of a team that might go all the way. Wolves have managed two or more goals in 55% of their games, a brilliant return.
Greek dominance in Europe once again?
Domestically, Olympiacos has been a force of nature in the Greek Super League for another season. They domestically earned an average of 2.53 points per game, a remarkable number for any side. Scoring an average of 2.72 goals per game at home, and 2.33 goals per game away from home. Despite being in a league that is not up to the competitive standard of other European competitions, these numbers are borderline outrageous.
However, they have been known as a side to capitulate towards the end of games they play. Conceding 38% of their goals in the final 10 minutes of play. Away from home, the side has been able to maintain a clean sheet in 67% of their matches. Highlighting their domestic dominance in their own half of the pitch.
Translating domestic success to European success hasn’t always been a simple task for Olympiacos, but since dropping out of the Champions League and going into the Europa League, those chances of European glory could be even more likely now.
Wolves last five matches:
- Chelsea (A) 2-0 Loss
- Crystal Palace (H) 2-0 Win
- Everton (H) 3-0 Win
- Arsenal (A) 2-0 Loss
- Aston Villa (A) 1-0 Win
Olympiacos last five matches:
- AC Omonia (H) 3-0 Win
- AEK Athens (H) 3-0 Win
- OFI (A) 3-1 Win
- PAOK (H) 1-0 Loss
- Aris (A) 4-2 Win
Wolves top contributors:
- Raul Jimenez (Forward) A true marksman for wolves since joining in 2018, Raul Jimenez has netted 17 times this season in the Premier League, and 26 times in all competitions. A fantastic striker for the team and who has helped Nuno Espirito Santo’s side regularly challenge for European spaces and glory in recent times.
- Adama Traore (Midfielder) The versatile speedster has lit up the Premier League this season, causing havoc for defences and providing four goals and nine assists. He has two goals so far in the Europa League, coming against Braga and Espanyol. He has not scored since February however.
Olympiacos top contributors:
- Youssef El Arabi (Forward) Moroccan forward with 20 league goals this season. He also has eight assists to his name in the Hellas Liga. The 33-year-old has scored against Bayern Munich and Spurs this season. He has two goals in the Europa League, having scored against Arsenal and in the reverse leg against Wolves.
- Mathieu Valbuena (Forward) The veteran Frenchman has shown his class this season with seven league goals and 13 league assists. The 35-year-old scored in the Champions League but has yet to score in his three appearances in the Europa League. He scored in his last outing against AEK Athens.
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